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David Boaz

David Boaz

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David Boaz is the executive vice president of the Cato Institute
Cato Institute
The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C. It was founded in 1977 by Edward H. Crane, who remains president and CEO, and Charles Koch, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the conglomerate Koch Industries, Inc., the largest privately held...

, an American
United States
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 libertarian
Libertarianism
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 think tank
Think tank
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. He played a key role in the Institute's development and the American libertarian movement.

He is the author of Libertarianism: A Primer, published in 1997 by the Free Press and described by the Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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 as "a well-researched manifesto of libertarian ideas," the editor of The Libertarian Reader, and co-editor of the Cato Handbook for Congress (2003) and the Cato Handbook on Policy (2005).
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Among advocates of limited government there is despair. This is the biggest-spending president since Lyndon Johnson. And if he spends the kind of money that's being talked about here, I don't know if there will ever have been a president who increased spending as fast as this one did.

Businesses and nonprofits deal with 15% revenue losses all the time.

[Cato's privatization effort was aimed from the start not just at dismantling Social Security but also at making major inroads against what it considered an overweening central government.] Social Security, ... is the linchpin of the welfare state.

Half the stories in every newspaper should be headlined 'Stop me before I legislate again'.

I don't believe in taxing the good people of Kansas, New Hampshire, and California $30 billion on the grounds that otherwise you'll tax them more later. If we actually had saved all the money that advocates of government spending had promised their programs would save, the federal budget would be negative by now.

The fundamental class division in any society is not between rich and poor, or between farmers and city dwellers, but between tax payers and tax consumers.

The idea of creating heaven on earth is bound to fail because we each have a different idea of what heaven is.

The initial reaction was to throw heaps and heaps of money at the problem. While you've had increases in welfare spending over the last 40 years, you've also had increases in the number of unwed mothers, increases in crime.

Why are taxpayers in California and Texas and Massachusetts paying for a museum in Indianapolis?

Encyclopedia
David Boaz is the executive vice president of the Cato Institute
Cato Institute
The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C. It was founded in 1977 by Edward H. Crane, who remains president and CEO, and Charles Koch, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the conglomerate Koch Industries, Inc., the largest privately held...

, an American
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 libertarian
Libertarianism
Libertarianism, in the strictest sense, is the political philosophy that holds individual liberty as the basic moral principle of society. In the broadest sense, it is any political philosophy which approximates this view...

 think tank
Think tank
A think tank is an organization that conducts research and engages in advocacy in areas such as social policy, political strategy, economics, military, and technology issues. Most think tanks are non-profit organizations, which some countries such as the United States and Canada provide with tax...

. He played a key role in the Institute's development and the American libertarian movement.

He is the author of Libertarianism: A Primer, published in 1997 by the Free Press and described by the Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Times is a daily newspaper published in Los Angeles, California, since 1881. It was the second-largest metropolitan newspaper in circulation in the United States in 2008 and the fourth most widely distributed newspaper in the country....

 as "a well-researched manifesto of libertarian ideas," the editor of The Libertarian Reader, and co-editor of the Cato Handbook for Congress (2003) and the Cato Handbook on Policy (2005). He frequently discusses such topics as education choice, the growth of government, the ownership society, his support of drug legalization, and the rise of libertarianism on national television and radio shows.

Boaz's March 1988 New York Times article on the futility of the drug war generated much debate over the decriminalization
Decriminalization
Decriminalization or Decriminalisation is the abolition of criminal penalties in relation to certain acts, perhaps retroactively, though perhaps regulated permits or fines might still apply . The reverse process is criminalization.Decriminalization reflects changing social and moral views...

 of drugs. His articles have also published in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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, National Review
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, and Slate
Slate (magazine)
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. He also has appeared on ABC
American Broadcasting Company
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's Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, CNN
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's Crossfire
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, NPR
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's Talk of the Nation
Talk of the Nation
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 and All Things Considered
All Things Considered
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, Fox News Channel
Fox News Channel
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, BBC
BBC
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, Voice of America
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, Radio Free Europe
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, and other media. Boaz, a graduate of Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University is a private research university located in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. Founded in 1873, the university is named for shipping and rail magnate "Commodore" Cornelius Vanderbilt, who provided Vanderbilt its initial $1 million endowment despite having never been to the...

, is the former editor of New Guard magazine and was executive director of the Council for a Competitive Economy prior to joining Cato in 1981.

Books

  • Market Liberalism: A Paradigm for the 21st Century, Editor with Edward H. Crane, 1993.
  • Libertarianism: A Primer, Free Press 1997.
  • The Libertarian Reader, Editor, Free Press 1997.
  • The Politics of Freedom: Taking on The Left, The Right and Threats to Our Liberties, 2008.

External links

  • Biography of David Boaz at Cato Institute
    Cato Institute
    The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C. It was founded in 1977 by Edward H. Crane, who remains president and CEO, and Charles Koch, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the conglomerate Koch Industries, Inc., the largest privately held...

  • David Boaz interview by Brian Lamb at C-SPAN
    C-SPAN
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     Booknotes
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    , January 26, 1997
  • David Boaz discusses the ownership society with Robert Siegel on NPR
    NPR
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    's All Things Considered
    All Things Considered
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  • David Boaz's entry "libertarianism" at the Encyclopedia Britannica
  • "Deregulating Education" by David Boaz, in The Politic
    The Politic
    The Politic: The Yale College Journal of Politics is a quarterly Yale University student publication that traces its roots to 1947, when the Yale Political Journal: A Magazine of Student Opinion was founded...